- Romelu Lukaku Zenit St Petersburg. but made the winner in Chelsea’s 1-0 win
- The Belgian forward led Cesar Azpilicueta’s deep cross on 68 minutes
- Joe Cole believes Lukaku will finish as Champions League top scorer this year
- Rio Ferdinand honored Lukaku as ‘amulet’ in favor of Thomas Tuchel
Joe Cole has backed Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku to finish as the Champions League’s top goalscorer after the Blues’ victory over Zenith St Petersburg on Tuesday.
The Belgian forward scored his fourth goal in four games, joining the West London club for £98m this summer, with a little more than 20 minutes to go during a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge by Cesar. Proceeded to the cross of Azpilicueta.
Cole admitted Lukaku was not at his best on Tuesday night, but said his clinical nature makes him the perfect man to lead the club’s Champions League defense under Thomas Tuchel.
Joe Cole has backed Romelu Lukaku (middle) as the top Champions League goalscorer
Lukaku (right) led home Chelsea winners in their 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg
Speaking about Lukaku’s recent move to Chelsea, Cole said: “It’s a match made in heaven for both sides. ‘They really put the whole package together.
‘I’m going to throw it right there, I think he’ll be the top scorer in the Champions League this season.
‘Lukaku didn’t have a better game, he was a bit sloppy but now he is a finisher, a killer. Once that ball was given there was only going to be one winner, he is a great finisher.’
The Champions League top goal scorer award has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo over the past decade and a half, with only Neymar, Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland managing to share the prize in recent years.
Cole claims ‘killer’ striker Lukaku has put together complete package at Chelsea this season
Dortmund striker Haaland, who was linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer before joining Lukaku, was the winner in Europe’s premier club competition last year with 10 goals.
But Lewandowski staked his claim for the prize by winning a brace in Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win at Barcelona with Lukaku on Tuesday night, while Ronaldo also came on the scoresheet during Manchester United’s 2-1 loss to the Young Boys .
Fellow BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand said Lukaku is accepting the responsibility of being Chelsea’s talisman this season and described him as the man who brought Chelsea over the line in matches this period.
£98m with Chelsea. The Belgian star has now scored four goals in four matches since joining
Rio Ferdinand says Lukaku is accepting responsibility for being Chelsea’s talisman
Ferdinand said, ‘He is now the talisman in this team, he is their well-known man. ‘If there’s a problem finishing the game, in the short time he’s been there, he’s already proving that when there’s an opportunity, he has ice in his veins.
‘He wants it, he wants the responsibility and he’ll get it done. He is now the man at Stamford Bridge they want to win the game.
‘It’s a beautiful feeling when you bring up someone like this. Just think, let me do my job and he will put us in line. Tuchel has made it difficult to play against him, now he has the weapon to execute the game.